World Diabetes Day 2018-19

>The month of November is World Diabetes Month.

14 November 2018 is World Diabetes Day.
The Theme for World Diabetes Day 2018-19 is The Family and Diabetes

-Diabetes Concerns Every Family


It is interesting to note that diabetes affects people in Urban and Rural settings differently worldwide, with 64% 0f cases in urban areas and 36% in rural; almost a difference of half.

Please share if you are aware of any research indicating as to why the difference.


Reported Facts about Diabetes

Over 425 million people are currently living with diabetes.( 1 in 11+ of the world” adult population. 46% OF THE PEOPLE WITH DIABETES ARE UNDIAGNOSED.

1 in 2 people currently living with diabetes are undiagnosed.

Less than 1 in 4 family members have access to diabetes education programs.

Diabetes is on the increase, especially among the youth.

Diabetes has risen from 108 million in 1980 to over 425 million in 2018

Diabetes has been rising more rapidly in middle and low-income countries.

In 2515, 30.3 million Americans, or 9.4% of the population, had diabetes.

Approximately 1.25 American children and adults have type 1 diabetes.

Of the 30.3 million adults with diabetes, 23.1 million were diagnosed, and 7.2 million were undiagnosed.(How did they arrive at the undiagnosed figures?)

The percentage of Americans age 65 and over is 25.2 %, or 12,0 million.

New Cases: 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes each year.

Prediabetes: In 2015,84.1 million Americans age 18 and over had prediabetes.

Deaths: Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the USA, with 79,535 death

Certificates listing it as the underlying cause of death, and a total of 2522,806 death certificates listing it as an underlying or contributing cause of death.


About 193,000 Americans under the age 20 are estimated to have diagnosed diabetes,

In 2011-2012, the annual incidence of diagnosed diabetes in youth was estimated at 17,900 with type 1, 5,300 with type 2.

Diabetes by Race/Ethnicity.

The following statistics are very interesting, has any research been conducted on why the Chinese have by far the lowest incidence of diabetes and American Indian/Alaskan Natives the highest.

Diabetes in adults by race/ethnic background.

7.4% of non-Hispanic whites

8,8% of Asians Americans

12.1% of Hispanics

12.7% of non-Hispanic blacks

15.1% of American Indians/Alaskan Natives

Breakdown among Asian Americans

4.3 for Chinese

8.9 for Filipinos

11.2% for Asian Indians

8.5% for Asian Americans.

Breakdown among Hispanic adults:

8.5% for Central and South Americans

9.0% for Cubans

12% for Puerto Ricans.

13.8% for Mexican Americans

Cost of Diabetes (2017)

$327 billion: Total cost of diagnosed diabetes.

$237 billion for direct costs

$90 billion in reduced productivity.


United Kingdom

It is estimated that more than one in17 people in the UK has diabetes (diagnosed or undiagnosed)

The number of people diagnosed with diabetes in the UK has more than doubled in the last 20 years

There are over 3.7 million people diagnosed with diabetes; an increase of 1.9 million since early 1998. If you take into account the number of undiagnosed cases, the figure could be over 4 million.( over 6%; )

The number of people living with diabetes is likely to reach 5 million by 2025.

It is estimated that there are 549,000 people living with diabetes who are yet to be diagnosed.

UK Breakdown

England: 2.913,538

Northern Ireland: 84,836

Scotland: 271,312

Wales: 183,348.

Ethnic Groups at risk for Diabetes

People of different racial and ethnic groups are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. They are African Americans, Mexican Americans, American Indians, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders and Asian Americans.(


Diabetes in Africa

An estimated 15.5 million adults aged 20-79 years were living with diabetes in the IDF Africa region in 2017. 53% live in urban areas.

The highest prevalence of diabetes in the region is found n adults aged 55 to 64.

The region has the highest proportion of undiagnosed diabetes, with 0ver 62.2% of adults currently living with diabetes unaware of their condition.

Diabetes in the Caribbean

In 1995 the global prevalence of diabetes mellitus in adults was estimated at 8.3%; the rate in the Caribbean was more than doubled at 9% and growing. Diabetes was also responsible for 13.8% of all deaths among adults in the region.

Diabetes in Europe

Diabetes is among the leading causes of death in the IDF Europe region, and the prevalence continues to increase, resulting enormous healthcare costs.

The number of people living with the disease in 2013 was an estimated 56 million, with an overall estimated prevalence of 8.5%.

There are marked differences from country to country in the 56 different countries; for example Moldova has a prevalence of 2.4% compared to 14.9% for Turkey.

Countries with high diabetes prevalence

China: 109 million

India: 69 million

USA: 29 million

Brazil 14 million

Russian Federation: 12 million

Countries with the highest proportion of population living with diabetes

Tokelau: 29.7% (A remote group of atolls in the South Pacific Ocean, halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand.; a 24-hour boat trip from Samoa)

Mauritius: 24.3% (An Indian Ocean island nation, known for its beaches, lagoons and reefs)

Cook Islands: 21.1% (A nation in the South Pacific, with political links to New Zealand; its 15 islands are scattered over a vast area)

Marshall Islands: 21.1% (Marshall Islands are a sprawling chain of volcanic Islands and coral atolls in the central pacific Ocean, between Hawaii and the Philippines)

(Travel Guide)



Diabetes among children across the globe is on the increase, especially type 2 diabetes; this can have a huge effect the quality of life for the next generations, and the world, with higher healthcare costs, higher taxes and decrease productivity.

The scientific material is available, why are Governments reluctant to do the obvious, Tax those who are likely to be responsible for the rising costs in Healthcare, and introduce Health Educate in all Schools, Colleges, and Universities at all levels.


“Not all will fall on death ears”

Please don’t hesitate to make your contribution.


Exercise Daily and Eat Healthy Foods.-Avocados


Create a family Ebook with a list of plant based health foods and their Health Benefits; start with the list posted on this website.

After the passing of hurricane Irma I had the pleasure of spending a substantial amount of time with two primary school students.
I was fortunate to engage them with my exercises, both numbers and word games; I learnt a hell of a lot.

I learnt that I had to make the word games less challenging in order to guard off frustration; and the numbers exercises were fun and enjoyable so much so that one of the students told her mom that she was beginning to enjoy math.

This particular word game is less challenging. Enjoy.


There are 11 letters posted.

The letters represent a three-word sentence.

There are two challenges to the exercise.
1. How many words can you create from the 11 letters?
This will help you to identify the sentence and enhance your spelling and vocabulary.
2. Identify the three-word sentence.
You must use all the letters in the grid.

If you are having difficulty with this exercise,please feel free to email me for help.

One useful strategy is when you think one of your words is correct, eliminate those letters and the exercise gets easier as you progress- when you get one word right, finding the other two becomes easy using -The Process of Elimination.

“( C )” 2017 Courtney Devonish

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  1. WOW! Great facts on diabetes. I did not realize that so many people have diabetes. The numbers are pretty high. Having a son who is prone for diabetes because of the medications he takes, I am always wanting to learn more. I would hate for him to get this terrible disease. I really didn’t know that it killed people as well. This is very scary for me. If you manage it well, does that help? And since he is prone for this disease, should we be eating more along the lines of a diabetic?

  2. Thank you for sharing this great review about World Diabetes Day 2018-19.It seems that many people these days are suffering from diabete which is a very questionable situation. Many companies are making food supplements which can be taken with diabetic and they say that those supplements can restore cells which can lead to total healing of diabete. It sounds good if it works as they say.

    I have a friend who is diabetic but anytime i see him injecting himself insulin i feel really bad. I wish scientists will find medicine which can heal diabete.

  3. I never knew there was a world diabetes month. How interesting. And I don’t have any research as to say officially while the diabetes rates are different between rural and urban areas, but I have some guesses. The first is exercise. Those living in an rural area are more likely to have a job or lifestyle that has them on their feet. Urban areas are full of desk jobs. The other factor would be diet. Rural areas are more likely to eat from local farms. Urban areas shop more at grocery stores where processed foods are readily available.

  4. Wow, wonderful and interesting information on diabetes.  It is a very scary disease to me as my son can easily get it if he does not watch his diet due to the hormones he has to take.  Would it be beneficial for us to actually take precautions now and eat more like a diabetic would eat to help keep from getting diabetes?  He does go to his doctor every 6 months to check all his levels.  I would just rather be proactive and help him get on the right track for nutrition so it can become a good habit for him.

  5. Thank you for such in-depth article on how diabetes affects so many people. I am amazed at the number of people I personally know who have Diabetes, in one degree or another. It really is much more prevalent than most of us think. Your 2017 cost figures are astronomical!

    What do you think are the contributing factors on the rise in children and what medication is being prescribed for them?

  6. Wow, This is mind boggling. What terrible stats. 

    What can we do about this scourge? Reading this is so depressing but the realities even more so. I wonder if people reading this will now go for testing to see how they can avoid becoming another statistic.

    Is his genetic or more lifestyle choices? 

    I have friends who are diabetic and know how they struggle to keep their sugar level down by cutting out sweet things and exercising more. Is there anything else that could help them?

  7. These statistics are pretty scary and the incidence of diabetes just seems to be getting worse and worse over time. 

    I was just wondering why it’s worse in the urban areas than it is in the rural areas. Do you think it’s because city dwellers eat more processed foods and sugary foods than people who live in the country or would it maybe be that people in rural areas are more active?

  8. I was aware that there is an increase in the cases of children with diabetes.   But I did not know the increase figure was so much.  It is alarming to say the least.

    What are the answers to these young people having kidney failure at such a young age?  Does diabetes contribute to kidney failure?

    Thank you for sharing this information

  9. I will add a discussion on the topic of the world problem of diabetes. In the new, eighth edition of DF Diabetes Atlas, scientists have made a forecast for 2045. The figures are disappointing, the researchers suggest that in 28 years 191 million people aged 65–79 years and 438 million people aged 20–64 years will suffer from diabetes. 

    This is a high rate of urban growth and development. Let’s compare: in 2017, 279 million urban residents and 145 million rural people suffer from diabetes. About a third of all cases of diabetes mellitus are associated with an aging population worldwide. The most active increase in the incidence is observed in those countries where the economy is moving from a low to medium level.

    The author deserves thanks for the detailed statistics on this topic. Mark

  10. I had heard about World Diabetes Day, and was very surprised concerning the breakdown of countries and ethnic figures. Myself I have pre diabetes, yet my latest A1c showed a big improvement. Ever since I was diagnosed 2 years ago I have been doing more research and study, so I can keep my health well. Your site gives many good ideas related to eating and wellness. I will continue to read your blog moving forward since you have an abundance of information.



  11. This is a good article in regards to diabetes and the facts that it is a growing global problem that needs to be addressed. My first question would be, how do we deal with this problem? I believe education and diet are 2 very important contributions to finding a solution. My next question is how do we make more people aware of the problem? I think these are important questions for the issue. Great article and keep writing!

  12. Thanks for your input, we have to keep putting pressure on our leaders and representatives in governments, we must also not allow our judgements to be clouded by big business. Education in schools is so obvious, if the leaders fail to act,  (they seem to be controlled by the fig funders);then the parents must do it.

  13. Thanks Bill, A Plant-based diet and daily exercise will go a long way in preventing or curing most ills.

    Best wishes.

  14. Thank you, Diabetes is on the increase worldwide, people are eating more meat, plus more young children are becoming victims. With all this knowledge diabetes should be decreasing; I am positive health education in all schools would see a difference. Parents must step up.

  15. The food we eat is responsible for most ills, why are we so lazy to act? Healthcare cost will take away our savings and disposable income.

  16. I think people in rural areas eat more healthy, I would like to know if any studies were conducted.

  17. Yes, stop eating red meat and all processed foods and exercise, which is the number one medicine.If yo cannot stop eating meat, reduce it to one or two times a week, nowadays we seem to eat meat with every meal.Thanks for visiting.

  18. You have the answers, be proactive, and exercise, exercise and more fruits and veggies, and no processed meats at all.

  19. Food is the best medicine. Type 1 diabetes may be genetic , especially among children; but parental mal -practice may be the reason for the increases. Too much sugar and junk food.Thanks for your contribution.

  20. I think you hit the nail on the head, Food and exercise. Good thinking.Thanks for the comments.

  21. Medication is a healthy diet and exercise,  Unless there are genetic issues and the answer is practically the same; In my weekly research I am finding out that the same foods answers many health issues.Thank you for visiting.

  22. Sorry I missed this, it’s never too late, If your son is prone to diabetes you should learn as much as you can about the disease and how to diet, and daily exercise is a must. Looking at your URL you should acquaint yourself with some of the best beaches in the world on my little Anguilla. Best wishes

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